Bridge linking Kuwait City with Silk City to help establish Kuwait as an international trade hub

KUWAIT: HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, visiting South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem, HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and other senior officials are seen during the inauguration ceremony of the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Causeway yesterday. —- Photos by Amiri Diwan and Yasser Al-Zayyat

KUWAIT: HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah attended and patronized the inauguration ceremony of Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Causeway yesterday. The ceremony was attended by HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem, HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, visiting South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon, President of the French Senate Gerard Larcher and a host of senior state officials.

Addressing the event, Lee congratulated HH the Amir on the inauguration of Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Causeway, expressing gratitude for supporting the execution of this project since 2013. “It is a great pleasure for South Korean companies to participate in the largest national project in the history of Kuwait,” he said, extending his thanks to Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company for its utmost efforts throughout the work period on the bridge project. Lee further expressed confidence that the 2035 vision of HH the Amir will have “remarkable achievements”.

“The project uses the latest methods of civil engineering and environmentally-friendly technologies,” he noted, adding that the causeway will be managed and operated through an intelligent transport system. He said the causeway will play a pivotal role in linking the southern and northern regions and reduce commuting time between Kuwait City and Subbiya to around 20 minutes instead of one hour. “The late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah had instilled democracy and economic development. Therefore, I trust that the causeway will enhance Kuwait’s reputation in the international community,” Lee said.

Deputy Director General of the Public Authority for Roads and Transportation Saud Al-Naqi told KUNA that Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Causeway is part of Kuwait integrated development plan. He stressed that the project is the new development “gateway” for the country, branding the causeway the “artery” that will link Kuwait City with Silk City, which is considered the future financial and commercial center. The project begins from the intersection of Jamal Abdulnasser St and Ghazali Highway to the new Subbiya area. It crosses two artificial islands of 280,000 sq m each, in addition to government buildings, green spaces and areas for future investment projects. – KUNA